Current development, Papua is safer


PAPUANEWS.ID - Inequality of development in the Papua region compared to other regions in Indonesia began to be denied by the government of President Joko Widodo. Infrastructure as one of the key drivers of development is encouraged by the government. Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) poured funds of Rp 7.6 trillion in 2017 for Papua. This development is expected to reduce potential conflicts triggered by social and economic jealousy.

The development of Trans Papua Road is targeted to be fully connected in 2018-2019. Jalan Trans Papua along 4,330.07 kilometers in 2016, has penetrated 3,851.93 kilometers. Construction of new roads on Jalan Trans Papua 2016 reached 231.27 kilometers, for 2017 there will be additional new road 143.35 kilometers. Papua Border Road along 1,098.2 kilometers, in 2016 has been opened along 884.3 kilometers. By the end of 2017 it is targeted that 892.3 kilometers has been translucent.

Another important strategic move for the welfare of Papua is to impose a single price fuel. Currently there are 9 points in Papua whose fuel prices are the same as Java. The nine points are the Ilaga District in Puncak Jaya, Elelim District in Yalimo, Kenyam Sub-district in Nduga, Kasonawega District in Memberamo Raya, Kobakma Sub-district in Central Memberamo, Karubaga and Wenam Sub-districts in Tolikara, Supaga Subdistrict in Intan Jaya, Anggi Subdistrict in Arfak Mountains , and Moswaren District in Sorong Selatan. The previous price of premium and diesel between Rp 30.000-100.000 now become premium Rp 6.450 / liter and diesel Rp 5,150 / liter.

Papua deserves more attention from the Indonesian government. After many years since independence, compared to other regions of Indonesia, Papua is lagging behind. On the other hand, Papua has potential natural resources. The potential of mineral mining, landscapes as tourism potential, and Papuan cultural richness are enormous. Naturally, if Papua deserves a predicate of pent-up pearls.

Government of Indonesia through the policy of President Joko Widodo is currently trying to dig the pearl is hidden. Development in Papua is certainly not an easy thing. It takes hard work and a mature strategy for development to take place in challenging areas of Papua. Extremely heavy geographical conditions coupled with potential security disturbances by separatist groups seeking independence from Indonesia, pose a formidable challenge to the implementation of development. But it does not make the Indonesian government with the Papuan provincial government a little guts. The strategy to invite the TNI to implement the development of Papua, especially in the infrastructure sector is running successfully. The opening of access to the corners of Papua opened the eyes of the public that the Indonesian government was present for Papua.

This fair, equitable and transparent development approach significantly makes Papua gradually more secure. The concrete evidence of Papuan support for the Indonesian government is the joining of members of the Free Papua Organization to Indonesia. It is noted that in 2017 the Government of Indonesia succeeded in reaching 154 members of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) to return to the motherland.

President Joko Widodo's policy of building Papua will not work if other elements of government do not support it. The vital role of the TNI in guarding and implementing infrastructure development deserves praise. In addition, the provincial government in line with the central government's rhythm to continue to catch up with other provinces should be appreciated.

President Joko Widodo successfully embraced the hearts of the people of Papua. Real work done, among others, by opening access to the corners of Papua, the policy of one fuel price with Java, and began to implement electricity programs in Papua to make the presence of the government felt by the Papuan community.

Although development has already shown results in Papua, the government should not ignore the potential threat from separatist groups seen to be provoked by outsiders. Currently Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is very active in pushing Papua out of Indonesia. Other support also continues to flow from the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP), the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB). Support from these communities will certainly spark global attention and will be a challenge for the Indonesian government. But with the belief that Papua deserves development priorities and is done sincerely for the welfare of the people, the belief that the people of Papua remain red-white is not to be doubted.

*) Stanislaus Riyanta, intelligence and security observer, graduate student Intelligence Strategic Studies University of Indonesia.



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